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Software engineer confesses to hacking Yahoo accounts for explicit photos

  • Ruiz admitted he stored the explicit material on a private computer.
  • Software engineer faces five years in prison when he’s sentenced February 3.
  • Hacked accounts belonged to women that also include his friends and colleagues.

(Karachi) A software engineer, who worked at social media giant Yahoo, has pleaded guilty to hacking the accounts of 6,000 Yahoo users while searching for sexual photos and videos.

During court proceedings on Monday, 34-year-old Reyes Daniel Ruiz, who hails from the Northern California city of Tracy, admitted that he hacked accounts belonging to women that also include his friends and colleagues.

While highlighting accusations against Ruiz, prosecutors in the case said, “Once he gained access to Yahoo accounts, he was able to compromise iCloud, Facebook, Gmail and other online services in search of private images.”

The former Yahoo employee confessed to storing the explicit material on a private computer. He also admitted that he destroyed the computer after his employer raised suspicion over his activity.

Ruiz pleaded guilty to one count of computer intrusion. He faces five years in prison when he’s sentenced February 3.